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Milestones are meant to be celebrated!

This week was cause for a couple of milestone celebrations.

The first, I hit my 100th pool in the desert, at the Palm Springs Swim Center! It’s spacious outdoor aquatic complex with a 50 meter x 25 yard pool set at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. It was the perfect respite after a long flight from Boston. It was kinda refreshing that I was one of the younger swimmers at the pool. That doesn’t happen often!

It’s been just over five years that I started this crazy blog in 2013 to celebrate my 50th birthday. The goal was to swim in 50 different pools in the calendar year. With a lot of planning and effort I achieved that goal. In hindsight I more fully appreciate that original goal as it’s taken me 5 years to get the next 50 pools to equal 100. This blog project has been more fun than I would have ever imagined and I can’t wait to get to 200-in less than 5 years.

The more important milestone to celebrate and the reason for this short escapade to the Southern California desert was my Mom’s/Grams 80th Birthday!!!

After months of deception and white lies about our collective plans for that weekend the family surprised her with a Mexican themed fiesta. We had a big house with a pool where we laughed and enjoyed hanging around with each other for few days. We celebrated the first 80 years of a selfless, wonderful woman a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. A great time was had by all!!! Sadly Shannon, Sean and Courtney couldn’t make the trip.

(Me & the sibs)

When you are in a nice and sunny climate one must take the time to enjoy new outdoor swimming venues. I did that by traveling a few miles down the road to the Palm Desert Aquatic Center for #101. Again another 50 meter by 25 yard outdoor pool. Again, I was on the younger side of the age spectrum Ana faster than my lane mates. I can get use to this!

Post Palm Spring its was back up to Los Angeles for a quick couple days of business. Between meetings I was able to get a short swim in at pool #44 the Santa Monica Swim Center. The last time I swam there was 10/24/2013. I went in the afternoon. It was a bit crowded and I didn’t swim far but I desperately need the exercise.

Looking forward to outdoor swimming and the next trip to Southern California and more importantly to celebrating more milestones with family and friends.

(me and my new Funky Trunks)

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